February 16, 2010

The hospital...not Chanley's favorite place.

What a week! I am so so so so grateful it is over!! So on Thurs Chanley wasn't getting any better so I was getting a little worried. She had so much gunk in her and the bulb syringe wasn't cutting it. I called a nurse and told her all of Chan's symptoms and she thought it would probably be good to get Chan to a doctor that day. So Ryan left work early and we took her to a pediatric urgent care near our home. The doctor was a little concerned with her O2 level and could here some wheezing when she listed to her breathing. She also said that Chan had an ear infection! Poor girl! No wonder she was so miserable. The doctor diagnosed her with bronchiolitis and said she wanted Chanley to stay at the hospital that night. We ended up waiting 3 or 4 hours while they tried to find Chanley a room at a nearby pediatric wing.

Bronchiolitis is a form of RSV and the whole pediatric unit Chanley stayed in was FULL of babies with this. So here's a little rundown of the illness: your lungs have braches of broniolioles which are very small, especially in babies. They get inflamed and get filled with mucous and it makes it hard for O2 to get to that part of the lung, so the baby has to work harder to breath. So they hooked Chanley up to O2 and started trying to get as much mucous out of her as they could. They had this really nifty machine that kindof acts like a vaccuum and sucks the boogies out. It worked so much better than my bulb syringe. Chan hated every second of it. She would kick and wiggle and scream and cry and try everything to get loose. She was soon known as the "strong-willed" baby to all the drs. and nurses. They had an O2 moniter taped to her toe monitering her blood O2 level and Chan kicked it off every time they would put it on. She's a smart little girl, she learned pretty quick that the people in yellow masks and gowns meant bad news and would try anything to get away. She was such a good little sport though. There was either a dr, nurse, or respiratory dr in our room every hour, checking O2 levels, sucking boogies, giving her eardrops, giving her Tylenol, taking her vital signs, and giving her her antibiotics for her ear infection. It was a very long few days for all of us. Ryan and I got sick as well, and I soon discovered that the only thing worse than taking care of a sick child is being sick YOURSELF while trying to take care a sick baby. I stayed with her the whole time and slept on a fold out chair at night. Ryan took some time off work and would go home at night to sleep because there wasn't enough room for both of us to stay, and then would come back to the hospital as soon as he could the next morning. We ended up staying at the hospital a few days longer than we thought because every time they took Chan off the O2 she dipped too low. Steve Collis, a good friend of our was able to come to the hospital to help Ryan give Chan a blessing. I'm so so grateful Chanley was able to recieve that and that I married a man worthy to give that blessing to her. I have a strong testimony of the power of the priesthood -it has blessed our lives so much.

They let Chanley come home on Sunday night with O2, which hopefully she won't have to use for long. She has already improved so much since we've been home and is almost back to her old self, which we are so grateful for. Hopefully she continues to get better. Thank you everyone for all your love and prayers!
P.S. Hope everyone had a great Valentines Day!

February 9, 2010

My sick little babe :(

Whew it's been a very exhausting few days. I've decided nothing quite tugs at a mothers heartstrings than seeing your baby sick. Chanley started acting a little fussy on Sunday, and throughout the day developed a little cough. That night she didn't sleep or eat very well, and the next day she had a very nasty cough, runny nose, and was running a fever. There are times when she will just scream and be totally inconsolable. It seems to really flare up at night, she'll get pretty upset so we'll rock her and rock her until she calms down, and then she'll cough and start crying all over again. It must hurt her little throat to cough. You just want to cough up all that mucous for her-I feel so helpless! Needless to say Ryan and I haven't slept very much in the last few days. Last night Chanley had a temp of 102 and I stayed up most of the night holding her and wiping her head with a cool rag. Today I thought she was doing a little better, she took a few naps as long as I was holding her. But then later on she seemed miserable again. At one point I was holding her and she must have gagged as she coughed because she threw up all over her, all over me, the carpet, EVERYWHERE. Poor little girl. I wish so bad I could make her feel better. Well Ryan just went to buy a humidifier...hopefully that helps.

February 4, 2010

More pics..

Still playing catch up. Love this girl.

Cuddling close to Daddy

Aren't those shoes simply ADORABLE?!?

A pond by our house that we stopped at on our way home from church one day.

5 weeks!

oops! This is Chan's face after she pooped on daddy! Hahahah

Bath time!

1 month
So sweet.
Soakin up the beautiful fall sunshine.
Isn't this just the sweetest picture? I think so.

Love her facial expressions!

Chan and Daddy checkin out the pretty sunset.

3 weeks

I can't believe that Chanley is 6 MONTHS OLD! Wow time seriously flies. I'm still trying to catch up on Chan's pictures...here's some more! These were taken right after our move to CO when Chanley was just 2 weeks old. (P.S. I wouldn't recommend making a major move right after you have a baby.)

February 1, 2010

Chan's pics continued...

Chanley with her great-grandpa and great-grandma Townsend.

Daddy adores his little girl incase you couldn't tell. :)

My cousin Katie -this is actually a rare pic because Chanley is actually taking her binkie..something she hasn't done since...

Deciding she doesn't like that binkie very much...

Grandpa with Chanley.

Chanley's first REAL bath. And she LOVED it! She looked like she was at a spa or something. She would just lay there and put her feet up and sigh. It was too cute! This was actually Chanley's signature look for a long time. She would always put her little fist up by her face.

Chan slept throughout the whole game. Thanks sweety.

My sisters and daddy

At the Dome in Pocatello watching my brother Ryan's football game.

Worn out after a long day... I really dislike moving can I just tell you.

Aunt Aubrey hanging out with Chanley while mommies clean.

These pics were taken in the middle of our move. Ryan's dad, and my mom and dad came to help us. Ryan and his dad left with the U-haul early and drove to Denver so that we could get the keys to our new apartment. They drove all night actually and then unloaded everything by themselves. (Not an easy feat but they were good sports about it). My dad left the next day to get back to work which left my mom and I PLUS our babies to clean out our apartment. WOWWWWEEEE that was quite the experience. What we thought would only take a couple hours ended up being a whole day (and might I add slightly stressful) event. Have you ever tried cleaning an apartment from top to bottom with not 1 but 2 babies?? This is pretty much what our day consisted of:
-feed the baby (ies)
-change diaper
-keeping babies entertained
-start washing the cabinets
-change diaper
-feed babies
-continue washing the cabinets
-check on crying baby
-get teething tablets for Aubrey
-feed babies
-change diaper
-finish washing the cabinets
you get the idea...
Aunt Aubrey looks concerned...

Before and After--standing in front of the hospital where Chan was born.

Taking Chan to the doctor!

She loves sticking her tongue out. :)
Ryan's cousin Whitney, Sydni, and Chanley

Getting loves from cousin Sydni-12 days old! Ryan's sister Brandi and some of his cousins were kind enough to come help us pack before we moved to CO. I have no idea how we would have done it without them since I was SOOO extremely exhausted....we'd probably still be in Rexburg actually. Thanks guys!!!

I love this face
Hangin out with Daddy watchin sports.

Aaaand she's awake. :)

10 days old -I had to hurry and take this picture before Chan woke up. Chanley slept in her crib very rarely at the beginning. She LOVED to sleep with mom and dad. She didn't start sleeping in her crib at night until she was about a month old. Now sleeping through the NIGHT is a different story...we're still working on that.
I'm still trying to catch up on all my pics of Chanley. It's kindof an overwhelming feat since I have so many to go through but I've got to just buckle down and do this. These pics are the last we took in Idaho before our move to Denver. Little Chanley was just 2 weeks old when we moved.